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Christmas Eve Cheese Curds: Packers hoping to deliver coal to the Titans in the red zone

If Green Bay produces like they have all season inside the 20, Tennessee might be saying “bah humbug” Sunday night

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In what amounts to a potential Super Bowl LV preview, the Green Bay Packers are searching for any advantage they can when they face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night.

Thankfully the Packers do have the edge in two crucial areas that they could fully exploit to their advantage.

These areas are third down and red zone offense. With the Titans giving up 39 touchdowns in the red zone, Green Bay can easily overpower them in that area where the Packers offense has been absolute money all season.

Same goes for third down. Of 92 completed passes against the Titans on third down, 74 of them have been first down conversions. 28 of 42 carries have also resulted in first downs. Even without Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan have converted 29 of 31 third down receptions in first downs.

What do all these numbers mean? Green Bay holds an advantage in terms of situational football. They’re third in third down conversions and first in the red zone.

So long as the Packers can take care of the football and be methodical in between the 20s, they have a strong chance at a win and perhaps securing the top seed in the NFC.

Now for some Christmas Eve cheese curds.

Packers have one huge advantage over Titans in Week 16—Packers Wire

They looove golllllld. Field goals won’t cut it against Tennessee so the Packers will continue to have to be efficient in the red zone. This is the one area Green Bay holds a huge advantage and they’ll have to continue that to beat the Titans.

Packers looking for more from cornerback Josh Jackson on special teams—PackersNews.com

Josh Jackson was a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Panthers and it feels like the clock is ticking on him to make a case to be on the roster next season. It’s yet another disappointment from someone the Packers figured would be a long-term piece of their secondary.

Robert Tonyan continues to ‘shock the world’ during breakout season—Packers.com

We’ve been banging the “Big Bob was a Pro Bowl snub” drum here at APC and that continues today. It’s amazing how much difference an effective tight end makes to this offense and Robert Tonyan’s season has been a wonderful story in a season full of them.

Merry Christmas, pretend brother: Packers’ Za’Darius Smith gifts Preston Smith $80K Jeep—ESPN

Preston Smith hasn’t had the season he hoped for but Za’Darius Smith probably boosted his spirits which this incredible gift. Oh and they’re not pretend brothers. They’re actual brothers and I think they would tell you the same thing.

McDonald’s Selling ‘Spam Burger’ Topped With Oreo Cookie Crumbs In China—Huffington Post

Americans might eat anything but I think this crosses way too many lines.